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Airfoil allows you to send any audio to AirPort Express units, Apple TVs, and even other Macs and PCs, all in sync! It's your audio - everywhere.

With Airfoil you can take audio from any application and send to your AirPort Express units, as well as Apple TVs, and even other Macs and PCs running Airfoil Speakers! Transmit audio from RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player, and other media players. Send audio from web-based applications like Pandora, Last.fm, and other to the AirPort Express. You can even stream audio from audio devices like RadioSHARK, XM and Sirius radios, around your house.

What's New

Version 4.8.7:
  • Airfoil now has initial compatibility with OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).
  • The Instant On component has been updated to version 8, with support for OS X 10.10. This update provides several improvements and bug fixes.
  • Airfoil can now capture track titles (but not artwork) from Megaseg.
  • The automatic Intermission menu item has been removed from Airfoil. The "System more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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piquadratpi2 Member IconReview+112
piquadratpi2
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I use this program / driver since its first version and always found it very helpful. Apart from its main use with Apple TV and other AirPort Express units in my room I need this application to hear the sounds of my DAB Radio which is connected to an USB aufio input device since the new iMac I own only has audio output ports! And Airfoil was a lifesaver for this. The Digital radio input sounds better than ever and is always a companion when I work at the iMac. And I can stream the music easily to my HiFi Receiver using Apple TV. I use now OS 10.9.4 but never have had any problems with older systems. Many thanks to the developer team!

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Version 4.8.7
Noivad Member IconReview+131
Noivad
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It is apps like this that have made me a fan of Rogue Amoeba. I purchased it probably close to a decade ago, and it has allowed me more flexibility than I would get off Apple’s stock system. Streaming to many devices and from any software is a feature only half implemented by Apple to this day. DL it for free to check it out, and if you find it useful, get it. There are a few caveats, all minor, and none related to crashes. It is as stable is it can be — the only crashes I have experienced were due to other software (Instant On) which it relies to dynamically patch audio from on years ago.

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Version 4.8.5
ylluminate Member IconComment+287
ylluminate
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Hmm, just tested with Adium and it seems to have problems working reliably with it for some reason. It seems if I change the audio output via `audioswitcher` (v.2.17 (40)) from Line Out to something else and then back to Line Out, it will work. Oh well, would be nice if it worked, but not too thrilled after testing it out as I had hoped it to be more reliable.

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Version 4.8.3
Alex8602 Member IconReview+8
Alex8602
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Airfoil is excellent for streaming any audio to any Airport device (for Airport Express and Apple TV, I know for sure). However, if you intend to watch a video, the functionality of the build-in Airfoil Video Player is disappointing.

The issue with the Airfoil Video Player is extreme CPU usage. As soon as you start watching any video the CPU usage is going to spike. After a couple of minutes your Mac's fans are running at max trying to prevent another Chernobyl meltdown. The build-in Web Video function's playback manage to use all my Mac's resources, yet the playback is not smooth and the player often crashes. The Web Video function also has a strange bug; scrolling on a webpage causes the speakers (you are streaming to) to make static crackles.

My best tip is to use VLC instead of the Airfoil Video Player – in the menubar when VLC is open select Window –> select Track Synchronization and set Soundtrack-synchronization to -2 sec for correct synchronized playback

Bonus tip: Airfoil is not compatible with 10.9 Mavericks yet, but most functions works if you disable the new App Nap function for Airfoil by right clicking on the Airfoil application -> select Get Info -> check 'Prevent App Nap'

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Version 4.8.1
Ochre Member IconReview+67
Ochre
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The video synching is this app's Achilles heel.
Noticeably jerky video playback with DVDs on my Mac mini using the Airfoil Video Player, with a hint of picture degradation compared to VLC and DVD. After contacting support they concluded that my Mac mini's GPU was to blame. Using VLC with audio re-synched manually works perfectly, so I'm disinclined to agree.
In addition, there's no playlist option for the Video Player, which is a pain if you're watching a serial. There also doesn’t appear to be a way to sync the audio when playing videos back with iTunes. Perhaps a contextual menu to open in the Airfoil Video Player is a solution they should try? I believe this is a possibility.
All-in-all, using this to hear the audio from videos is a pain. Rogue Amoeba have clearly tried hard to simplify this aspect, but the end result falls short. But you should be aware of the shortcomings in this area before buying.

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Version 4.8.0
Aka Member IconReview+6
Aka
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I tried several solutions to stream music from my mac to my audio system: via the build in streaming solution of my TV, WD TV Live and an Bluetooth Adapter. But there have always been some problems with not working firmware/software, bad connections, bad nearly unusable app GUIs (I look at you PlugPlayer), complicated usability of hardware/software. All of the above solutions just sucked.

Now I use Airfoil, and have my old iPhone 3G (I don't use it anymore) connected to the audio system. This is a killer solution. Just install Airfoil on your mac and your iPhone and you are ready to stream. No need for Airplay or Airfoil enabled hardware systems. You just connect your iPhone to what ever hardware you like.

Airfoil lets you stream to multiple targets. Plus, you can stream audio from one single app (rdio in my case), but still play the audio from all other apps and the system sounds on your mac.

I give Airfoil five stars, because it is the most practicable solution I can think of, it didn't fail a single time in several months, it looks great (even sends the album art from the rdio desktop app to the iPhone) and because I'm so very happy with it!

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Version 4.7.5
Llongley Member IconReview+113
Llongley
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This software does exactly what it says it will do. I choose to stream music directly from my MacPro to my iPhone which is connected to a speaker system in my garage. I works perfectly by passing iCloud which require broadband data usage. I know I could use an Airport Express but this is cheaper and does the trick.

Set up is almost automatic.

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Version 4.7.4
Gitteboy Member IconReview+148
Gitteboy
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Works as advertised with no extra bells.
But we now have the free Airplay. Making this obsolete?

Still 5 stars though

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Version 4.7.4
Citizenvern
+0

Airfoil only works with iTunes (and an Apple TV for vid).

Aka
+3

@Citizenvern: Not true. *Airplay* only works with iTunes. *Airfoil* works with every app on your mac! That's why Airfoil is not obsolete because of Airplay.

Molamola
+2

MountainLions Airplay can direct iTunes or ALL Audio to an Airplay speaker (AirportExpress/AppleTV), with Airfoil you can redirect the audio of a single Application. This comes handy if f.e. I want to listen to f.e. spotify on my stereo, but keep all other audio on my computer speakers (system audio, youtube videos a.s.o.). Also, there is a build in equalizer. So, there are still some things you can do with Airfoil which are not possible with MacOSX itself.

Qurious Member IconReview+3
Qurious
+0

Reliable and ease of use. Was using it since version 2.something.

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Version 4.7.3
Macmuffin Member IconReview+6
Macmuffin
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Overall it works well with a minor lagging, but on occasion I get a message to update Flash to 10.2.0 or higher otherwise the player wont play.
Well I have Flash Player version 11.4.402.265,
can't go much higher can I.
This is very annoying and I hope there will be a resolution to this bug soon rather the later.

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Version 4.7.2
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Ionos
Version 4.8.1
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otsu
Version 4.8.0
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Agordona
Version 4.8.0
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Masterminter
Version 4.7.5
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PRjohnson
Version 4.7.4
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hagge92
Version 4.7.2
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tinyWorld
Version 4.7.2
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Aklein3876
Version 4.7.1
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Hendricx
Version 4.7.1
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Version 4.6.5
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Date 24 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $25.00
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